Half a century of Yanmar's iconic red tractor: A photographic journey back through time
What did you do over the summer of 2017?
From August 11 to 27 the Yanmar Museum in Japan boasted a special exhibit showcasing the history of Yanmar's iconic red tractors from the very first model released through to our latest YT Series.
The exhibition featured tractor catalogs from over the years and hosted captivating gallery talks from Yanmar retirees and the museum director. From nostalgic sentiment shown by users of previous models through to awe and excitement expressed by first-time viewers and children, the exhibit provided a range of experiences for visitors over the summer.
For both those who attended and for those who missed out, we created a special online Red Tractor Exhibition to share with you right here on Y-Media. Through our collection of photographs, we've taken a journey back over more than half a century of Yanmar tractor advancements and technology developments. While the late 1920's saw shifts away from manual labor to using horses in farming, it was from the late 1940's that the mechanization of tilling took off and the power tiller became a mainstay product on our farms. Later on, the late 1960's saw an increased demand to reduce manual labor, leading to the ride on tractor.
The Dawning of a New Era in Efficient Farming: From Power Tillers to Tractors
The progression in ag equipment over the years has been about making work easier for farmers.
Meeting Demand for Power: The Advent of the Four Wheel Drive
While Japanese tractors were mainly rear-wheel drive, this soon changed with the release of the 4WD in the late 1960's. Offering added power and unparalleled tractive force in paddy fields, the 4WD soon became the new standard and even today, remains the popular choice in farming.
Yanmar "UFO" for Tractors Makes Headways in Leveling Uneven Fields
The late 1970's marked the development of the Yanmar "UFO" which, despite the name, refers to an automated land-leveling device. The device uses sensors to detect the machine tilt, automatically adjusting the rotary tiller. Even today this device is a standard in the industry for leveling uneven fields.
Riding in Comfort & Style: From the Roof to the Cabin
In the late 1970's to early 1980's the roof covered tractor was all there was. However with an increase in tractor size and features, cabins which offered comfort, music players and air-conditioning were in demand. It was at this time that Yanmar commenced development and production of cabins.
The Resource and Fuel Efficient EcoTra Delivers Improved Environmental Performance
The turn of the millennium was the beginning of tractors that focused on delivering improved environmental performance. In addition to engine performance, demands for environment performance were driving the development of resource and fuel efficient engines. This shift saw the advent of the EcoTra Series. With Yanmar's computer controlled fuel injection, we delivered more efficient combustion and cleaner emissions.
Delivering Comfort and Answering Diverse Needs
As we entered the new millennium, just like the rise in popularity of automatic transmissions in cars, hydro-mechanical transmissions (HMT) were installed in tractors. Comfortable cabins that deliver low noise and vibration were also at the forefront of tractor design. Just like the Delta Crawler which offered drivability in wet paddy fields and minimized crop and soil damage, tractors that were designed at the time met a wider range of needs.
Advanced Farming with the YT Series
Combining state of the art technology with design. Our well-known YT Series, as seen here on Y Media, arrives on the market; heralding the new face of agriculture with freedom in control, optimized performance and luxurious comfort.
Was there a machine that caught your eye? As we announced recently on Y-Media, we have already entered into an era of autonomous tractors. At Yanmar we are committed to leveraging technological advancements to deliver real solutions for issues faced by farmers.
And the last half century of tractor development was just the tip of the iceberg. Expect great leaps forward in innovation in the future.